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Anne Yerger Hooker

Anne Yerger Hooker, passed away on St. Patrick’s day, Sunday, March 17. She was 72 years old and is survived by her husband, best friend, and devoted and tireless caregiver, Charles H. Hooker Jr.; by her oldest son Charles H.





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Features

Madison Ridgeland Academy recently hosted its annual Features Pageant. Students (from left) Isabelle Sandridge and Philip Short were voted Most Beautiful and Most Handsome.

 


Book group

Several members of the Jane Austen Society of North America - Mississippi Chapter, met recently for a book group discussion of Austen’s “Northanger Abbey.” Shown are (from left) Carla Wall, Carolyn Brown, Lori Toyota, Susan Haller, and Linda Thompson. Incoming Regional Coordinator for JASNA-MS is Brenda Ware Jones.

 

 


The most

Madison Central High School’s yearbook staff recently hosted the annual Beauty and Beau pageant. Shown are Most Beautiful Payton Holtsinger and Most Handsome Peyton Wilbanks.

 


Valentine party

Students at First Presbyterian Day School celebrated Valentine’s Day with cards and parties. Shown are first-graders (from left) Cameron Queen, Jack Gray, Robin Weaver, Mckenzie Rickels, and Eliza Jane Dukes.

 


Soccer night

St. Andrew’s Episcopal School recently celebrated Senior Night, recognizing senior members of the football team, spirit squads, and band. Shown are (from left) Lewis, John, and Shannon Watt.

 


Football defense

Jackson Prep’s 2018 Defensive Football Awards went to (from left) Jack Gideon, Most Valuable Lineman; Bryson Weeks, Most Valuable Back; Dixon Hughes, Most Valuable Linebacker.

 


Homecoming court

The St. Joseph Catholic School 2018 Homecoming court shown in the St. Joe Rosary Garden include (from left) freshman Alex Lyle; sophomore Cece White; junior Thyme Turner; seniors Celeste Hall, Luckett Nixon, Alaina Liess and Emma Kaye Beebe; junior Layla Lewis; sophomore Clare Cole; and freshman Rosalia Foley.

 


Staying grounded

Madison Middle School presented “Aladdin, Jr.” as their fall schoolwide musical.  Students were chosen by audition for roles as the cast and dancers.  Sixth-grade choir students sang as the chorus, while others assisted with sets, and former students served as crew.  Shown are Princess Jasmine’s attendants trying to keep her grounded as she str


Soccer player

St. Andrew’s Episcopal School recently celebrated Senior Night, recognizing senior members of the boys and girls soccer teams. Shown are (from left) Sheila, Hunter, and Tommy Bryson.

 


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JA student killed in car crash, one day before she was to graduate

By ANTHONY WARREN,

A vigil will be held tonight for the Jackson Academy (JA) student killed in a car crash today.

Frances Anne Fortner was driving along Ridgewood Road around 1:30 p.m., when she hit a manhole cover and her car flipped, according to Precinct Four Cmdr. Keith Freeman.

The vigil will be at 7 p.m., on the school's campus.






Child's Prayer

Van Devender family donates for expansion of Batson Children’s Hospital

The simple prayer of a child for the patients of Batson Children’s Hospital brought about a $1.5 million gift from the Van Devender Family Foundation to expand pediatric care at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC).




Renaissance to feature new show fountain, theater and Costco

By NIKKI ROWELL,

The second and third phases of Renaissance are on track to be finished next year, complete with another show fountain and Malco theater.

The city of Ridgeland director of community development Alan Hart said, based on reports from the developer, that phase two of Renaissance should be open by summer or fall of 2019.



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JA student killed in car crash, one day before she was to graduate

By ANTHONY WARREN,

A vigil will be held tonight for the Jackson Academy (JA) student killed in a car crash today.

Frances Anne Fortner was driving along Ridgewood Road around 1:30 p.m., when she hit a manhole cover and her car flipped, according to Precinct Four Cmdr. Keith Freeman.

The vigil will be at 7 p.m., on the school's campus.








Child's Prayer

Van Devender family donates for expansion of Batson Children’s Hospital

The simple prayer of a child for the patients of Batson Children’s Hospital brought about a $1.5 million gift from the Van Devender Family Foundation to expand pediatric care at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC).



Trying Again

By ANTHONY WARREN,

Michel still wants neighborhood improvement district

District 25 Sen. Walter Michel hopes the fourth time will be the charm when it comes to seeing a “neighborhood improvement district” bill passed.

The Northside senator is planning to introduce a bill creating the NIDs in the 2018 session.


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Two area high schools have started what will be an annual competition to raise money for waterfowl conservation.